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    Teach Your Children Well: A Gardener’s Thoughts on Earth Day…

    Guest post by Michaela from The Gardener’s Eden (@MichaelainEden) As gardeners, most of us consider ourselves environmentally minded, and for us, every day is Earth Day. But, it’s important to remember that gardening —in and of itself—  is an unnatural act. When we work the soil and sow seed, fertilize and water, thin plants and […]

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  • Salix discolor, North American native pussy willow © Michaela at TGE

    Come to Me, My Sweet Willow…

    Pussywillow – a fantastic early spring pollen source Salix discolor (as our North American native pussywillow is formally called) is a North American native shrub or small, understory tree, (5-15′ tall and perhaps 8′ wide). Often found beside brooks and forest streams, or in low-lying thickets and swamps from Canada to Georgia, the pussy willow is hardy […]

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  • A Sunny Combination of Meadow Flowers for a Long-Blooming, Informal Summer Garden. Photo ⓒ Michaela at TGE

    Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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    A New Year’s Resolution for Gardeners

    Making Informed Choices About Gardening Practices and Products to Support a Healthy, Natural Environment The new year often brings about a desire for change and personal reckoning. We make promises, resolutions and plans to better ourselves and the world around us. Over the past couple of years, many people have committed to building environmentally conscious, […]

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    Simple Holiday Gifts for Honeybee Loving Gardeners

    Looking for a great, inspirational gift for the holiday season- one that keeps on giving, with the natural world and environment in mind? It’s easy to inspire a new gardener or please a more experienced green-thumb without spending a bundle over the holidays. A present of seed and/or seed starting kits, particularly for youngsters, is […]

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  • Summersweet, (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'), is a native shrub, providing easily accessed, late-season pollen for the honey bee

    On Winter and Your Garden

    Before we turn your focus on homey comforts, consider doing the honey bees a favor before the cold, tough winter. As the trees finally shed their leaves and our thoughts turn to wintery pleasures and indoor activities, it’s easy to forget about the honey bee. After all, our busy little friends are hibernating out of […]

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  • Lindera benzoin at Fercliff in late September (planted here with Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’ and Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’)

    Mellow Yellow: Lovely Lindera Benzoin

    North American Native Spicebush is important for bee colonies in the early spring The question comes up every September in my garden. The meter-reader, oil delivery driver and countless guests have asked: “What’s that bright yellow shrub over there by the wall… The one covered with birds and red berries?” When I ask, “Have you […]

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  • Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Edo Shibori’ (bi-colored bush clover)  A Bee’s Delight from Late Summer through Mid-Autumn

    Bush Clover, Late Summer’s Garden Delight is Buzzing with Bees

    The Bush Clover, a late summer treat for you and bees Ever notice how there always seems to be at least one hopping joint in every town, where the locals routinely gather for their morning coffee or to grab a quick bite at lunch? Yesterday afternoon, I met up with a friend at a just-such […]

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  • Viburnum plicatum (c) Michaela, The Gardener's Eden

    Delightful Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’-A Beloved Bee Plant.

    Plant a Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ for your bee neighbors Graceful, elegant and generous are but a few of the words that spring to mind when describing Doublefile Viburnum, (V. plicatum var. tomentosum); one of the most delightful species in my absolute favorite genus of woody plants. Although this shrub wears no perfume in springtime, she […]

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    Aesclepias Tuberosa: Bold, Beautiful Butterfly Weed is the Life of the Midsummer Garden Party…

    Bring color and bees to your garden with the Butterfly Weed Oh to be a butterfly! Just imagine fluttering upon this delightful blossom; saturated in golden-orange color and loaded with sweet nectar. What a feast! Why I’d flit from flower to flower, happily sharing precious pollen with hovering hummingbirds and buzzing bees, from sunrise to […]

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